On 4 June 2018, the Welsh Government appointed KeolisAmey, a joint venture created by Keolis and Amey, to manage the operation of its national railway network.
1,623 km long, this railway network comprises 247 stations and over 2,000 employees. Over the life of the contract, KeolisAmey is envisaging the creation of 600 new jobs and 450 new apprenticeships (30 every year).
For the next 15 years, KeolisAmey and Transport for Wales will share the ambition to propose a renewed, modernised mobility offer to the 32 million annual passengers travelling on the network, in particular thanks to the renovation of railway infrastructure and rolling stock.
2.1 billion euros (£1.9bn) will therefore be invested from October 2018 to:
- renovate the 247 existing stations and create 4 new ones,
- replace a large part of the existing fleet with 148 new trains. By 2023, the average age of the fleet will therefore fall from 25 years to 7 and 95% of the journeys will be carried out on new trains,
- create extra services on Sundays (+61%), thereby switching to a continual 7-day service for the first time,
- invest in new technologies to optimise the overall performance of the network,
- develop new digital services (new website, application, on-board Wi-Fi).
This is therefore a major win for the Group, as it allows it to become one of the leading players of rail in the UK while also reinforcing its expertise in rail.
"Thanks to this iconic win, Keolis changes in scale in the UK and confirms its position as a world-class mobility operator, particularly in the railway sector. This new victory demonstrates our ability to accompany transport authorities through mobility improvements in their region. KeolisAmey will thus play a key role in enhancing the attractiveness of the country while offering an optimised daily mobility service to all the people of Wales." said Jean-Pierre Farandou, Group Executive Chairman.
The Keolis Group is a world leader in public transport operations. Present in 16 countries, Keolis operates urban, suburban, and regional networks on behalf of 300 local authorities. The Group carries over 3 billion passengers every year. The pioneer and world leader in automated metros is also the worldwide leader in trams. Keolis manages tram networks across the globe, including the world’s largest in Melbourne (250km of track). The Group operates a total of ten different transport modes (metro, tram, train, bus, car, bicycle...) and uses its intermodal know-how around the world.